Passenger caught on video punching flight attendant during Mexico-to-L.A. flight

Flight attendant assaulted on American Airlines flight from Cabo to LAX

Flight attendant assaulted on American Airlines flight from Cabo to LAX


A passenger who allegedly punched a flight attendant at the back of the top during an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles was taken into custody after the airplane landed Wednesday, CBS Los Angeles reviews.

The provider stated in an announcement that the incident occurred on Flight 377 from San José del Cabo to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The FBI, which is dealing with the investigation for the reason that alleged assault occurred in-flight, stated the person was detained on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.

Video taken by a passenger, Barrie Livingstone, reveals the flight attendant standing within the aisle, going through the again of the airplane, asking a passenger, “Are you threatening me. Are you threatening me?” He then turns round and begins heading for the entrance of the airplane.

At that time, a passenger is seen dashing as much as him and punching him, laborious, earlier than returning to his seat.

A producer for CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV, Malik Earnest, who was on board, cited “witnesses” who stated fellow passengers “helped restrain” the suspect till the flight landed. He was led off the airplane by Los Angeles Airport Police.

His id wasn’t instantly launched.

American Airlines issued an announcement saying the passenger “physically assaulted a flight attendant” and “will never be allowed to travel with us in the future.” 

The Association of Professional Flight attendants, a union that represents greater than 24,000 flight attendants at American Airlines, additionally responded publicly to the alleged assault in a statement launched on Thursday. The group referred to as the incident “dangerous,” “life-threatening” and a part of a sample of comparable conditions that put flight attendants in danger.

“This violent behavior puts the safety of all passengers and crew in jeopardy and must stop,” stated Julie Hendrick, the nationwide president of AFPA. “APFA fully supports the affected crew members, and will do all possible to ensure that the passenger faces prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”

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